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Clinton Everett '66

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MacMurray College taught me how to think for myself carefully, broadly and analytically. I was invited and often compelled to consider thoughts, theories, and intellectual history across a number of disciplines. I've needed these skills throughout life. I attribute my undergraduate training to this ability more than what two graduate school professional degree programs provided me.

Clinton "C.J." Everett III graduated cum laude from MacMurray College in 1966 with a bachelor of science in music and Spanish. While at MacMurray, Everett received the Music Award for Outstanding Musicianship and the Spanish Department Award for Excellence. His activities included musical theatre, band, Circle K, and track and field in which he lettered and became a Varsity M member. During his time at MacMurray College, Everett was the drummer for the The Continentals, a quartet that regularly performed at social affairs in central Illinois, adult clubs in the Jacksonville area, and weekly at the Village Pump in the Blackhawk Hotel.

He continued studying Spanish at the University of the Americas in Mexico and the University of Madrid, Spain. Everett completed his M.A. in Spanish at Middlebury College with the help of the GI Bill and a Fulbright Fellowship. During his three years with the New York City Army Band, Everett also attended the School of Business Administration at New York University, specializing in international business.

Everett has worked as assistant to the director of Peabody Conservatory of Music; Grapa Concerts Management, manager of the New York office; CBS Cable Television, associate in music; Boosey & Hawkes, manager of performance department; and the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds as orchestra manager.

He has taught junior high school in Summit, New Jersey; undergraduates at Brooklyn College, the Trinity School and the Nightingale and Camden Schools in New York City; graduate students at Yale; and adults at the Yale Club of New York. Everett has also taught Spanish, French, Italian, and German, as well as music.

Everett continued to pursue his varied interest by studying and receiving a masters in music from Yale University. He has played as a professional percussionist, timpanist, and jazz drummer for orchestras of New York City, Santa Fe Opera, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

Currently, he is co-founder and executive director of the Spoleto Arts Symposia, a summer learning experience for those interested in expanding their talents in professional writing, opera singing, jazz and improvisation, Italian language, cooking, fencing, and cultural studies.

Everett was the 2001 recipient of the MacMurray College Distinguished Alumni Award sponsored by the Alumni Association. After 16 summers in Spoleto, Italy, Everett was awarded the Pro Loco Spoleto award by the local equivalent of the town's booster club in the fall of 2008.

He and his wife, Carole, and their son live in New York City.

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